The University of Fort Lauderdale CARES Act

The University of Fort Lauderdale (UFTL)

understands that many of our students are struggling financially due to the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our communities.

For this reason, UFTL has

established a COVID-19 Emergency Aid Grant, funded by the recently passed CARE’s Act to assist students by providing necessary aid for individuals who are in financial need due to the coronavirus and who meet the qualifications for this grant. 

Students interested in

applying should complete the application using the link below.  The grant can be used to help students with food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare. 

After reviewing your request,

we will send an email to confirm if you are eligible for financial assistance.  If you are eligible, your grant will be processed and disbursed to you as soon as possible.  Disbursements make take 10 – 14 days.  UFTL is committed to helping our students through this pandemic to achieve their academic goals.

CARES ACT:
HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (HEERF) GRANT DISCLOSURE


 

August 27, 2021, UPDATE

  1. In accordance with the requirements of Section 18004(e) of the Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), we notified students in our July 24, 2020 disclosure of the resources available to certain qualified students to assist them with the cost of attendance that relates to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. University of Fort Lauderdale received $30,672.00 for distribution to qualified students.  A total of $30,672.00 has been distributed to qualified students.  On February 1, 2021, we also received a CARES ACT Grant in the amount of $30,672.00 to assist qualified students with the cost of attendance related to the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic.  There remains $0.00 to be distributed. This amount has now been made available to all students who qualify for Pell under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 
  1. In accordance with the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) which is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, December 27, 2020, $81.88 billion was allocated in support of education. On February 2, 2021, UFTL received an allocation in the amount of $30,672.00 to distribute to students impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic.  This allocation was a supplement to the previous allocation on March 27, 2020.  There remains $0.00 to be distributed. Under section 314(c)(3) of the CRRSAA, UFTL must make financial aid grants to students (including students exclusively enrolled in distance education), which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare. Also, under section 314(c)(3), priority must be given to students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students do not need to be Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants to receive a financial aid grant.

     

  2. An application has been designed for students at UFTL to apply for this special set aside grant.

     

  3. Students have until August 15, 2021, to apply for the above grants. The minimum distributions will be made immediately based on total grant funds and the total qualified students.

JULY 30, 2021 UPDATE

  1. In accordance with the requirements of Section 18004(e) of the Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), we notified students in our July 24, 2020 disclosure of the resources available to certain qualified students to assist them with the cost of attendance that relates to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. University of Fort Lauderdale received $30,672.00 for distribution to qualified students.  A total of $30,672.00 has been distributed to qualified students.  On February 1, 2021, we also received a CARES ACT Grant in the amount of $30,672.00 to assist qualified students with the cost of attendance related to the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic.  There remains $3,596.07 to be distributed. This amount has now been made available to all students who qualify for Pell under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

     

  2. In accordance with the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) which is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, December 27, 2020, $81.88 billion was allocated in support of education. On February 2, 2021, UFTL received an allocation in the amount of $30,672.00 to distribute to students impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic.  This allocation was a supplement to the previous allocation on March 27, 2020.  Under section 314(c)(3) of the CRRSAA, UFTL must make financial aid grants to students (including students exclusively enrolled in distance education), which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare. Also, under section 314(c)(3), priority must be given to students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students do not need to be Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants to receive a financial aid grant.

     

  3. An application has been designed for students at UFTL to apply for this special set aside grant.

     

  4. Students have until August 15, 2021, to apply for the above grants. The minimum distributions will be made immediately based on total grant funds and the total qualified students.

APRIL 18, 2021 UPDATE

  1. In accordance with the requirements of Section 18004(e) of the Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), we notified students in our July 24, 2020 disclosure of the resources available to certain qualified students to assist them with the cost of attendance that relates to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. University of Fort Lauderdale received $30,672.00 for distribution to qualified students.  There still remains $22,040.00 to be distributed.  This amount has now been made available to all students who qualify for Pell under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

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  3. In accordance with the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) which is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, December 27, 2020, $81.88 billion was allocated in support of education. On February 2, 2021, UFTL received an allocation in the amount of $30,672.00 to distribute to students impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic.  This allocation was a supplement to the previous allocation on March 27, 2020.  Under section 314(c)(3) of the CRRSAA, UFTL must make financial aid grants to students (including students exclusively enrolled in distance education), which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare. Also, under section 314(c)(3), priority must be given to students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students do not need to be Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants in order to receive a financial aid grant.

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  5. An application has been designed for students at UFTL to apply for this special set aside grant.

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  7. Students have until May 15, 2021 to apply for the above grants. The minimum distributions will be made immediately based on total grant funds and the total qualified students.  After that deadline, all undistributed grant funds will be reallocated and distributed to those students who applied on or before May 15, 2021.

MARCH 31, 2021 UPDATE

  • As required by the Department of Education, this document outlines how the federal funds received to assist us in responding to COVID-19 were allocated for the quarter ending March 31, 2021.

JULY 24, 2020 DISCLOSURE

This document provides the necessary documentation to comply with Section 18004(e) of the Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020).

  1. On July 16, 2020, University of Fort Lauderdale signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement document under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”); this relief funding is for eligible students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
  2. University of Fort Lauderdale was eligible to receive $30,672.00 for the 50% Student Share portion of the CARES Act Emergency Grant and we have received the full $30,672.
  3. As of July 21, 2020, we have approximately 29 students eligible (and/or possibly eligible) under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  4. Students must meet federal financial aid eligibility requirements in order to receive CARES Act/HEERF funding.

Reasons for HEERF Eligibility:

  • Prior to the pandemic, student was not enrolled in an exclusively online program
  • Students must be Title IV eligible (filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and no outstanding C code issues)
  • Student was enrolled/completed the Spring 2020 semester or any semester thereafter.

Reasons for HEERF Ineligibility:

  • Student has not filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA form, so Title IV eligibility is unknown
  • Student is a Non-Degree Seeking or Audit student
  • Student is not a US Citizen
  • Student was enrolled in an exclusively online program prior to the pandemic
  • Student was not enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester or thereafter.

These CARES grant funds are considered nontaxable income- https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-higher-education-emergency-relief-fund-and-emergency-financial-aid-grants-under-the-cares-act.